Emulsion Detonation Synthesis (EDS): Our patented manufacturing technology.

Emulsion Detonation Synthesis (EDS) is our unique manufacturing synthesis process and it sets us apart from other suppliers. Originating from work at our parent company - CUF - EDS offers a revolutionary manufacturing solution for the high volume, high quality production of nanostructured powders.

Involving a cycle of high temperatures, pressures and rapid quenching, EDS produces nanostructured ceramic powders with extremely favourable properties compared to conventional micro-structured powders. For example:

  • High chemical homogeneity
  • High density
  • Uniform grain sizes
  • Low sintering temperatures
  • Enhanced physical and chemical properties


Categorised as a gaseous-phase synthesis technique, the fully automated EDS improves the production capacity, quality and consistency of nanostructured ceramic powders.

EDS is also a versatile manufacturing technology. Powder synthesis via the detonation of two emulsions allows flexibility in terms of the possible precursors, permitting greater manufacturing control over the purity, chemical composition, structure and final properties of the synthesised powders. In this way EDS enables the manufacture of powders with improved properties that can be carefully designed to suit application-specific requirements.

The advantage of low sintering temperatures

Many important material properties, including mechanical strength, benefit from a high relative density and small grain size, and it is the ability to control the parameters during processing that is paramount to achieving these properties.

However, usually the densification of powders requires very high temperatures which results in undesirable grain size growth. Our EDS physiochemical production process enables nanostructured powders to be manufactured with optimum particle size distribution and high surface area. Importantly this enables full density to be achieved at lower sintering temperatures (currently 100-150 °C lower than conventional powders) resulting in minimised grain growth and a retention of the advantageous nanostructure.

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